The Politics of Affect

The Politics of Affect

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'The capacity to affect and to be affected'. This simple definition opens a world of questions - by indicating an openness to the world. To affect and to be affected is to be in encounter, and to be in encounter is to have already ventured forth. Adventure: far from being enclosed in the interiority of a subject, affect concerns an immediate participation in the events of the world. It is about intensities of experience. What is politics made of, if not adventures of encounter? What are encounters, if not adventures of relation? The moment we begin to speak of affect, we are already venturing into the political dimension of relational encounter. This is the dimension of experience in-the-making. This is the level at which politics is emergent. In these wide-ranging interviews, Brian Massumi explores this emergent politics of affect, weaving between philosophy, political theory and everyday life. The discussions wend their way 'transversally': passing between the tired oppositions which too often encumber thought, such as subject/object, body/mind and nature/culture. New concepts are gradually introduced to remap the complexity of relation and encounter for a politics of emergence: 'differential affective attunement', 'collective individuation', 'micropolitics', 'thinking-feeling', 'ontopower', 'immanent critique'. These concepts are not offered as definitive solutions. Rather, they are designed to move the inquiry still further, for an ongoing exploration of the political problems posed by affect. Politics of Affect offers an accessible entry-point into the work of one of the defining figures of the last quarter century, as well as opening up new avenues for philosophical reflection and political engagement.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 32mm | 320g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745689825
  • 9780745689821
  • 99,749

About Brian Massumi

Brian Massumi is a political theorist, writer and philosopher, and Professor at the University of Montreal.show more

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Brian Massumi wants to write a serious play of life by emphasizing the many different roles of affect. In these interviews, he sets out that project in compelling detail, adding yet more evidence that the enactive mapping of affect pays some remarkable conceptual dividends. Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick "A politics of affect what might that mean, given that we are completely immersed in affects? Spinoza and Deleuze have pressed us too forcefully into that particular sea. Massumi teaches us carefully how to swim in it. Not only a politics but also a practice of affect a form of life." Antonio Negrishow more

Table of contents

Preface 1. Navigating Movements Mary Zournazi 2. Of Microperception and Micropolitics Joel McKim 3. Ideology and Escape Yubraj Aryal 4. Affective Attunement in the Field Of Catastrophe Erin Manning, Jonas Fritsch and Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen 5. Immediation Erin Manning, Christoph Brunner 6. What a Body Can Do Arno Boehler In Lieu of a Conclusionshow more

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Brian Massumi wants to write a serious play of life by emphasizing the many different roles of affect. In these interviews, he sets out that project in compelling detail, adding yet more evidence that the enactive mapping of affect pays some remarkable conceptual dividends. Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick "A politics of affect - what might that mean, given that we are completely immersed in affects? Spinoza and Deleuze have pressed us too forcefully into that particular sea. Massumi teaches us carefully how to swim in it. Not only a politics but also a practice of affect - a form of life." Antonio Negrishow more

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